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December 31st, 2015 - A Recap of 2015

Another year has gone by. How time flies. 

I’m making a tradition of doing a recap of my year!


I started off the year with wonderful friends in January (and three feet of snow)

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Film & Libby sums up February

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Marched in with my very own kayak

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Also Leo and Annie became friends

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April came around, my dorm room was filled with balloons and then became a (girls only) fort

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I GOT TO SEE VANCE JOY!!

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End of the year, means banquet with my FLP family and Trevor and I got voted most sassy!

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Then in May I finished my freshman year of college.

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I gave my hedgehog to my old science teacher and this is basically how it went down:

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One of my favorite singers passed away.

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We repainted my room some of my favorite colors and started a gallery wall!

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Then we started our Hawaii Adventure (and Annie’s Senior Pictures) 

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June means my birthday!

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I got to see Tenth Avenue North for the 4th time

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SAILNG LESSONS

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July popped by and we took Gracie kayakin'

and my gallery wall filled up

August means two things, Phuc Vu and school 

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Creighton is awesome, also WELCOME WEEK. 

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Met my lovely RSP for the first time. They did an amazing job with Shakira lip sync!

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Went on a picnic with some of my favs under the Pedestrian Bridge

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School = September, here are some moments along the way

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I met Hillary Clinton in October

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and saw Taylor Swift AND VANCE JOY AGAIN

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no words needed for this:

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saw Doug play

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I was a ballerina for Halloween

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November can be summed in 4 letters: IFTJ

I also I met my new hero, Sr Simone Campbell

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Hey December, Christmas means my room is decorated x1000000000

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saw Mötley Crüe for the second (and last) time

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Last day of 2015, I spent at the Durham Museum at the Wildlife Photography Exhibit and Omaha Zoo

aka my favorite places ever

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Goodbye 2015, you were great. Here’s to 2016!


Christmas at Creighton 2015

It’s my favorite time of the year.

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My room is decorated and no, I did not go overboard.

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My wonderful door!

CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS


October 10th - Vance Joy & Taylor Swift 

If you know me at all, you know my love for Vance Joy and Taylor Swift. 

It took a little convincing, but thanks Brian for taking me to the concert!

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SERIOUSLY I LOVE VANCE.

It was frustrating that the audience didn’t appreciate him cause people only cheered when he thanked Taylor Swift for having him on tour. Not okay. He is an amazing singer and performer.

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"Riptide" is a classic but “Georgia" is the best Vance Joy song. Period.

I love Taylor Swift. Her music is amazing and she is America’s sweetheart. But I don’t like the fact that she had half naked guys dancing on poles during the show. The 6 and 8 year old girls in front of me did not realize what was going on and had to ask their mom. Awkward. 

Taylor is a great performer and her show was amazing. I know she’s trying new things and finding herself but does it really required crop tops and high waisted shorts? But hey, her performance was phenomenal though and her music is always good!

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"NEW ROMANTICS" IS MY JAM.

"Enchanted" melts my heart every time. The mashup of "Enchanted" and "Wildest Dream" OMG PERFECT.

It was still a good night! Brian enjoyed the show too (and that means a lot!). 

Don’t worry I still love Taylor!

Setlist: 

Welcome to New York, New Romantics, Blank Space, I Knew You Were Trouble, I Wish You Would, How You Get the Girl, I Know Places, Fearless, Clean, Love Story, Style, Bad Blood, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, Wildest Dreams (Enchanted), Out of the Woods, Shake It Off

Insta post: 

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Until Next Time!


June 27th - KC & Rolling Stones

If you didn’t follow me on Snapchat, you should (@ ayetnguyen) I had over 100 seconds of my KC adventure!

Brian got us tickets to see Rolling Stones at Arrowhead Stadium awhile back. I found out recently that Ed Sheeran is opening for them! I know some of the ‘Stones songs but honestly I was more excited to see Ed. 

Started the day early at 9am to drive from Lincoln to KC. This was my first time in KC and I was so excited! We didn’t have any plans before the concert so we winged it. 

We ended up picking Aquarium for the first half of the day! Luckily it was near a cool mall so we stopped there for lunch. KC is apparently known for their BBQ, so we had to try some! We went to Three Little Pigs, it was good! There was also a Kona Ice truck outside the mall. Considering we just came back from Kona, Hawaii I got the shaved ice. 

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I also got a picture with a giant ice cream cone. Life is amazing. 

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Next up was the SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium! Check them out here: https://www.visitsealife.com/kansas-city/

As a member of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, I didn’t have high expectations of this aquarium. It was pretty good! I’m highly impressed of SEA LIFE as a company that helps saves different animals species around the U.S. 

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I love sea horses. they are my third favorite sea animals (after sea turtles and whales) 

We ended up picking Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to go to before the concert. IT WAS FANTASTIC. I documented my favorite pieces. 

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How freaking awesome is it that John Mayer was a cabinetmaker lol (I do love John Mayer a lot)

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One of the main shows going on was Notes on Creativity by Ferran Adria. Adria is a world known chef who does weeks of research in preparing a dish. This gallery was his notes on food and dishes. 

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Next up was the minimal art. 

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Reniassane. One of my favorite genre. They even had a Van Gogh!

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Mummies!

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Ended with Greek and Catholic art! The museum closed before we could see Medival art (THEY HAD A KNIGHT). Next time I’m in KC, I’m gonna go back!

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THEN IT WAS TIME FOR THE CONCERT!

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ED SHEERAN IS PERFECTION. He sang Lego House and Photograph and I died a little bit inside. 

He whole set list is: I’m A Mess, Lego House, Don’t / No Diggity / Nina, Photograph, The A Team, I Was Made to Love Her (Stevie Wonder cover), Bloodstream, Thinking Out Loud

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Then came the Rolling Stones! I don’t know many of their songs but they are great entertainers. But I can’t unsee Mick’s hip movements. The guy really has moves.

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Ed Sheeran and Mick Jagger. They sang together. It was perfection.

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Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Entire setlist is: Start Me Up, It’s Only Rock n Roll, Tumbling Dice, Doom and Gloom, Beast of Burden, Kansas City, Bitch, Wild Horses, Street Fighting Man, Honky Tonk Women, Before They Make Me, Happy, Midnight Rambler, Miss You, Gimme Shelter, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil, Brown Suger. Encore: You Can’t Always Get What You Want and Satisifaction. 

The night drive back was fun! I love driving at night. It’s so calm. 

The perfect end to an amazing day:

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May 31th - Zipling in Hilo

Zipling is fun. No matter how long or short the distance is.

Anyways, we’re staying on the Kaliau-Kona west side of the Big Island which is more beachy, we drove to the east side for the Zipline. The Hilo side of the Big Island is full of rainforest due to the rain and currents. 

The drive was just beautiful. 

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Brian and I have been Ziplining before in Montana but my parents and Annie haven’t, so they were excited to do it for the first time.

We went to Skyline Eco Adventures - Akaka Falls Zipline Tour. 

There’s 7 lines each with their own name and reasoning. The first few lines were short but they were over banana, sugar cane, and pineapple farms. 

The guys were greatest!! They were hilarious and made sure we were all comfortable zipping. Annie and I went first pretty much every other line. 

I asked Brian (the guide) what’s the coolest animal on the island, thinking he’d say something like the hogs or a type of fish. But, no. He answered “Ummm.. I don’t know dogs?” SERIOUSLY FUNNIEST THING EVER. Then Corey told us about the Happy Face Spider that lives on the volcanos and looks like a happy face. They are my favoriteeeeeeeee people ever! (not as much as Leao tho)

The last zip was called Wailele and it was over a 1,450 foot waterfall on a 442 ft zip. It was beautiful! The GoPro died before it got a picture of it, so just take my word for it!

#lockedouttwice (the van was difficult to ride in plus they kept accidently losing the keys thanks Orion)

Hawaii country side is wonderful. 

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INSTA POST OF THE DAY:

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May 30th - Snokeling with Dolphins

Okay, when Brian said we were snorkeling with dolphins I had mix feelings. I was excited for dolphins and snorkeling but I didn’t know what to expect out of it. I didn’t want to get too excited in case we didn’t see the dolphins.

It was fantastic. All of it was. 

We started off bright and early at 8am and got on a boat with Captain Sam, Mark, and Leao as our guides.

Basically what would happen is, we sit on the boat with our snokel gear ready to go and wait to see where the dolphins are. When we are close enough without disturbing them, we jump and you know the rest.. snokel with dolphins. 

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These are wild spinner dolphins. They jump out of the water and spin, scientists don’t know why but it’s amazing. It’s unbelievable that I got to see wild dolphins swim in their pods right up to my face. Even my guides said we had one of the best drop off they have ever seen. The chase of finding the dolphins and getting dropped off near them is hard to time just right without disturbing the dolphins. They’re great swimmers. Big Island Divers was wonderful and knew that the dolphins need to sleep and moved us to a different location with coral. 

WE SAW A WILD GREEN SEA TURTLE SWAM BY

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Maybe I do love my 6’7 guide Leao. You don’t know that. 

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We went out to eat at Burger Theory and it was pretty good! Might have been due to hunger but hey a meal is a meal. 

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We spent the afternoon walking around the downtown area. All of it was so pretty. 

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“I’m at a payphone trying to call home, just kidding don’t let me leave Hawaii."

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I GOT KONA COFFEE ICE CREAM. it was beautifully delicious.

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INSTA POST OF THE DAY:

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May 29th - Scuba Diving

Woke up at 6:30 Hawaiian time to go scuba diving in coral! The company we worked with was Big Island Divers.

THEY ARE AMAZING. They are knowledgeable and you don’t have to do a thing other than enjoy yourself. They had all the equipment and took care of all of it. 

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Unfortunately we don’t have any pictures yet. Annie’s GoPro isn’t hooking up to the computer and the film photography won’t get developed til we back to Lincoln.

Captian Andrew, DiveMaster Dillon and Zane are amazing. They could identify fish and were completely comfortable just hanging out with the coral. PS we love Big Island Diver’s Pretzels and Oranges. 

Coral is amazing. The ocean is amazing. 

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After the dive, we were exploring around the downtown area.

There’s a little cafe shack near our hotel that sold Poke which is a fish dish that’s common in Hawaii. Annie loved it.

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All of Hawaii is just wonderful.

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Yeah, we ordered pizza from Pizza Hut while in Hawaii. It was delicious. It was a great way to end the night.

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INSTA POST OF THE DAY:

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Aloha!


May 28th - Surfing

We started the first day in Hawaii with surfing lessons. 

We found a lizard on our balcony early in the morning. We named him Fred. 

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We first started the day with breakfast from Denny’s. Yes, that Denny’s. 

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I had mixed feelings about surfing for the first time. I was nervous about not doing well but that the same time I was excited because I know it will be lots of fun to do.

"What’s the temperature of the water?” “I don’t know, what’s the temperature of the air? It’s about the same”

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Surfing is somewhat tricky. It was hard for me at first, I couldn’t find a good time to stand up but by the end of it I got the hang of it. It’s pretty awesome to feel the water and feel when you can ride out a wave. 

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Annie obviously loved it. She’s probably going to quit school and be a professional surfer. 

Mike and Ben were amazing instructors. It’s amazing how cool Hawaiians are. 

On the way out of the water, WE SAW A SEA TURTLE! He was just hanging near the rocks.

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Hawaii is so beautiful. 

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LOOK IT’S THE DRONE TURTLE. Just kidding it’s just a turtle with a tracker. It was cool to see how that all works.

I love the beach. 

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It was a fantastic first day of Hawaii!

INSTA POST OF THE DAY:

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Until next time!

May 27th -  Traveling to Hawaii

We’ve been planning this Hawaii trip since January. It was unreal to be actually going. 

Got up 7:30 am to get ready to get on the flight.

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The first flight was from Omaha to Minnesota. It was a quick flight of 2 hours. It wasn’t bad, I think since it was so eary we were all excited to be going on the trip.  The Minnesota airport had a digital vending machine. So high tech. 

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From Minnesota, we flew to Seattle. It was about 3 hours. There were screens on the seats where we could pick what movie we wanted to watch. I watched Moulin Rouge (I MISS MY FRIENDS) and We Bought A Zoo (LOVE THIS MOVIE). 

You know you’re from the Midwest when you start freaking out about the train on at an airport. It was cool to travel to one area of the airport to another. 

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We made it to Hawaii about 8:45pm Hawaiian time. It was a long flight over the ocean.

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After like an hour wait for a rental car, we made it back to the hotel around 11 Hawaiian time. It was an exhausting day of traveling but we made it all safe!

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April 23rd - Vance Joy

I love Vance Joy. So much. Enough drive from Omaha to Lincoln on a school night to see him. 

UNL's spring concert was Vance Joy with Young Rising Sons as the opener. It was AMAZING!

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Young Risings Sons are really good! The sound a bit muffled, but I definitely love their sound. They are alternative rock band. 

The cool and awkward moment when the lead singer pulls out a bottle of Jack Whiskey and starts drinking and singing.

Vance started off the night with 

Georgia is my favorite song everrrrrrrrrr! It was beautiful to watch him sing and play it. 

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It was a wonderful night. 

March 12th - Spring Break Kayaking

"Ayet, why would you get a kayak? You live in Nebraska. Where are you going to go with it?”

“WHAT CAN’T I DO WITH A KAYAK?"

I knew since Christmas that I was going to get myself a kayak in 2015. 

Well last Friday before I can back home for spring break, I got my kayak.

I named him Kevin. He’s a beauty. 

This spring break has be unbelievably nice in Nebraska. It’s been like 60 degrees and sunny everyday!

Today, we took Kevin out to play!

It was such a gorgeous day with the calmness of the great blue sky, the chirping seagulls, and the rocking waves made for a perfect day for kayaking.

There’s nothing like sitting in the middle of a lake with the sun shining. It’s so calm and relaxing. 

I love being outside and just enjoying the beauty of nature. 

It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be in a kayak in a lake in Nebraska in 70 degree weather. But I shall try, the water is shivering cold but the atmosphere of the lake is warm. There were kids playing and dogs running around with geese and ducks hanging out. I don’t think I could ever express what it’s like sitting in the kayak with the waves crashing against, there’s just a sense of peace. 

Paddling against the wind sucks at times, but once you figure out a good stride then it goes by easily. And hey, playing Beatles music while paddling is so much fun!

I highly recommend everyone to get a kayak. It’s worth it!



March 3nd - Travel Bucket List

Yesterday I posted a picture of Montana because I was missing Yellowstone and just traveling in general. 

It got me thinking to all the places I want to go to in the future. So, here is a list of places I want to travel to in my lifetime:

All photos are from National Geographic.

Africa

Most people are surprised when I say that Africa is the place I want to go to the most. The culture and the people are just fascinating to me. I do admit that a big reason why I want to go there is to see the animals and the wildlife. I mean there is savannah, mountains, and dessert, where else can you see all of that?

Iceland

Northern Lights and Volcanoes. Like holy cow, how can one place be so amazing?

Venice, Italy

Italy itself would be magical with pasta and ice cream. Mix that in the gorgeous canal filled with lively music and people. Perfect.

Amazonia

Uh rainforest? Yes please!

Galapagos Islands 

This place is heaven for scuba divers! Also SO MANY ANIMALS. 

Machu Picchu

I wanna hike it. 

Yosemite

One day I will do a whole California trip starting with Red Woods to Yosemite and ending with Joshua Tree National Park. Obviously taking California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

Antarctica

PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS. 


These are just my top places. 

I’m not including some places like Alaska or Amsterdam, just because this list would be endless! 


I will eventually hit all of these places. I will definitely write blog posts about these trips when I get to them!

Until then, Pura Vida!


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January 6th - Winter Photoshoot

Because I love getting my picture taken. 

Embrace the inner child. 

Are we out of the woods yet?

I really never change.


Here are the pictures I took of Tiffany!


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December 31st - A Recap of 2014

My roommate made a blog post recapping her year. I’m pretty much copying her. Check out her blog: 

http://elizabethsarahxo.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-year-in-review-2014-december-31st-2014.html?m=1


Dear 2014,

You’ve been great. Here’s a summary of what has happened!

In January, it finally hit me that I was graduating when I saw one of my senior pictures framed.

February swung around and I went to a Buddy Holly tribute concert. I fell in love in 50s music. 

With March I had Jambalaya for the first time in honor of Mardi Gras. 

Then I received my acceptance letter to Creighton’s Freshman Leadership Program. That made my week. 

I also got qualified for HOSA’s Nationals. 

I went to Wichita with Annie and Trang. We went to our favorite cafe and got gelato. And of course saw our favorite Kansans. 

April came around and I FINALLY SAW CAPTAIN AMERICA 2. I  discovered my favorite Italian resturant that day tpp. Vincenzo’s. 

May was filled with excitement.

I said goodbye to some amazing 4th graders. 

Prom with Josh. 

Then before I knew it, I graduated high school!

June came up and I turned 18!

Then I spend a week on the road with Brian. BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE. 

I started my blog that week, check out my adventure here starting with Day 1: http://cableusa.net/blog/june-27th---yellowstone.html

But here are some of my favorite pictures of the trip. 

I was told that I was fearless that trip. I hope to continue being fearless. 

Then my huckleberry obsession started. 

I spent the 4th of July in South Dakota. And yeah, it was beautiful.

Finally back in the my favorite state, NEBRASKA. 

I saw Paul McCartney in concert then that night Brian and I stuck this on my mom’s car. 

She didn’t find it till like a month later.

I went to my first Pow Wow. It was beautiful.

http://cableusa.net/blog/july-25th---winnebago-pow.html

August means 2 things: Phuc Vu and school. I was so excited for both!

Phuc Vu. Sweet Sixteen. 

LINK TO THE LIP SYNC VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CQEvwCC2tU

You’re welcome Duc. You’re in my blog now. 

Then I moved to college. Creighton is amazing. 

Dorm life wasn’t bad at all. 

I gained a family.

And a beautiful roommate. 

September meant I was living with people that make me happy (even though we never smile).

My sister went to homecoming and I took pictures. 

October was crazy. 

I got to see Matt and Kim live!

Libby and Jose. What baes. 

Awesome floor mates. 

November came by and I’m loving Omaha.

THAT DAY I SNUCK MY DOG INTO MY DORM ROOM.

December was beautiful. Mainly because Christmas was coming and I’m obsess.

I went home for Christmas for winter break. 

My best friend is awesome. 

It was an amazing year with special thanks to amazing friends and family!

See you in 2015!

Ayet Nguyen

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December - Christmas at Creighton

It’s my favorite time of the year!!!!!!!!!

My dorm room is now a winter wonderland. 

Christmas pictures with my favorite people. 

Family picture with Santa. (and a random girl on the right that we don’t know who joined in our picture without asking)

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December 18th - Ice Skating with Squad

I went ice skating with my favorite people. 

Picture with Libby! We totally rocked the crowns :)

Boys picture that I photobombed

Next year roomies :)

The whole group!

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December 12th &13th - Bingo and Ice Skating

December 12th - Bingo Night. There was lots of prizes. 

AND I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I won the Comfort package which means I got a giant teddy bear. 

I named him Bingo. 

I also got a thermal blanket and a microfiber pillow. 

Squad at 2am hanging out. I don’t know what I’d do without these guys. <3


December 14th - CREIGHTON BASKETBALL. LOVE. We lost at the end but it was still so much fun to go to!

Ice skating with the FLP Family!!! It was my first time ice skating and I had so much fun! It was a little shakey at the beginning but I fear nothing. It was nice to see family and friends just hang out for the holidays. The Christmas music and the lights made the whole place look magical! A total recommendation!

There was fireworks in Omaha last night! 

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December 7th - FLP Family Day at the Zoo

We kidnapped Alex and took him to the zoo! Abby happened to be busy at the time but we caught up with her later. 

A scary phone call of “Hey can you meet me at Java Jay, I really need to talk to you. I’m freaked out right now. Come fast” made both Alex and Abby come running to us. It was really mean but we wanted to do something that they’ll remember forever. 

We got to see a lion training! It was really cool to see this lion gives high fives!

I love sea turtles. 

Bats!!!!

I named him T.J. 

Here’s a picture of the family a few days later at the FLP Christmas Party!

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November 15th - FLP Thanksgiving Dinner

Today Creighton’s Freshman Leadership Program hosted their annual Thanksgiving Dinner benefitting Precious Memories Daycare.

Precious Memories Daycare is a non-profit organization, whose goal is to provide childcare to families who would otherwise not be able to afford it or are turned away by other daycares. They proved everyday necessities to families who are unable to provide food or warm clothes for their children. 

Dinner was delicious! Turkey and pumpkin pie. Yummmmmmm.

                                                                                                                  My favorite people. 

FLP FAMILY <3

After dinner, some of us from FLP had a snowball fight! It was so much fun! The snow was fluffy and just beautiful in the night. I love these people so much. They are amazing, supportive, hilarious, and just great people. 

Jeffery had a blast in the snow! It was his first time playing in it and he plays like a pro in the snowball fight!

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October 25th - Phil Wickham & Tenth Avenue North

Drove 5 hours to Cedar Falls with Trang and Annie. 

Pre-Concert Selfie!

FRONT ROW TO THE CONCERT!

Q & A with Tenth Avenue North!


Phil Wickham was amazing. He has a voice of Elvis mixed with angel. When he sang Heaven's song. UGHHH SO BEAUTIFUL.

Tenth Avenue North is amazing we every time them. They have such a strong message. They started with the beginning of their journey as a band to where they are now. 

Sorry I don’t have more pictures/videos, I was wayyy into the concert to have my phone out. 

Moments to forever remember: 

Mike rapping Fresh Prince of Belair

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate?"

LOSING and JUST GETTING BY are my favorite songs ever and they did awesome twists to the song live! 


“First we want you to know the love of God is over you and underneath you. At the heights of your purity, He went higher. At the depths of your depravity, He went lower. He brings down the proud and lifts up the broken. His love is here. He is by your side. He holds your heart through thick and thin, joy and pain, gain and loss. There is nowhere you can go where He is not. May that get in you. May the light meet the dark. May you realize you are more than your mistakes. He is strong enough to save you, and you don’t have to save yourself. Which means, among other things, you can take your masks off and let the light in. This is where the healing begins. There is healing from trying to prove yourself, freedom from trying to be your own savior, and freedom to admit your struggles. After all, we are free to struggle, but we’re not struggling to be free. And if you get that, then you can begin to be honest. You can admit you feel like losing. You can open up when you feel worn. And best of all, as Philippines 1:30 reminds, we can struggle together. 

Together.

Made in the image of the trinity, we are made for community. We are made to bear each other’s burdens. We are made to reflect the joy and otherness of the divine relationship. We weren’t meant to live this life alone. “No man is an island,” John Donne famouly mused, and so that is our hope. We pray this collection of songs would lead us off our islands of isolation and help us sail by the stars of God’s promises to the shores of communion. Together, we will taste and see God for who He is, and as we do so, we will become his cathedrals to the earth. We will become the dwelling place of His spirit and a sanctuary for sinners. 

In other words, wherever you go, if you are in Christ, you bring Him with you. There is no such thing as a secular place, because wherever you are, you have the sacred inside. All the earth is holy ground. May you feel the weight of His glory with every step you take, for we are His cathedrals.”

-Mike Donehey


So excited for their new album to come out!

We got back at 3am. We had some serious jamming on the way back.

                                            

                                                TENTH AVENUE NORTH RETWEETED AT ME!!!!!

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October 23rd & October 24th - Fall Break


October 23rd

I woke up at 7 am to go to Dunkin’ Donuts with Trang.

It was worth it. 

Then Panera lunch date with Lily! 



October 24th

Brian made one of my favorite lunches with fries and peach pie! It was delicious!!!! 


Look at this photogenic dog! 

October 21st - Fall Break Photoshoot

Today was a beautiful day outside. 

Tiffany and I decided to do a photoshoot. These are my favorite photos and edits. 

If you manage to get to the end of this post, you may get a surprise :)






                                                                        Some things never change 

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October 11th - Omaha Zoo

ROOMIE DATE TODAY.

We went to the zoo and had a blast. 

                                                                                                                         WHAT A CUTIE. 

                                                                                     strike a pose

We went on the skyfari! Our shadow and Ostrich eggs. Perf picture. 

Animals are the coolest thing ever.

Ended our date with NoCo! 

I had dinner with my FLP family and then we went to Ted and Wally’s. My parents are so awesome! :)

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October 10th - In Living Color: Andy Warhol

It’s okay to go to a museum by yourself. People will give you weird looks. They will question what you’re doing. You may be the youngest person there. BUT you get to take as much time as you need to look at a piece of art! There is nothing like walking around and enjoying the surrounding. To just immerse yourself in the culture of a museum. 

Today was the member’s opening to In Living Color: Andy Warhol & Cometmporary Printmaking. I went by myself because I wanted to (and my roommate was busy). I got there in time for the curator to give a lecture. She talked about what artists she choose for the exhibit and how she wanted the set up for the prints to be. It was so interesting to learn about the behind the scenes of getting an art exhibit.

Art is fascinating to me. Seeing so much color, passion, freedom, and expression in Warhol and other artists pieces is amazing. I understand that it seems like Warhol’s artwork is simple and sometimes looks like a 5 year old did it. He started something new with his pieces. He made everyday things stand out and have life. He also planned out the details in his art. Almost all of the details are intentional. I could never be able to do what he did, even the simple pieces. One of my favorite Warhol pieces is the Sunset collection. Where he used one sunset and made 160 different color combinations with it. It’s like magic and beauty all in one. I even got a mini poster of a Sunset for my room!

If you have time check out the exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum! In Living Color is open til January! 


                                                                    “I like boring things” - Andy Warhol


I bought a Van Gogh book. NO SHAME. I can now look at Starry Night Over the Rhone as much as my heart desires. 


After Josyln, I went to dinner and Target with Libby and Emma. We had a blast at Foodruckers! These girls are amazing. Inside and out. And just amazing everywhere. 

                                                               THE MILKSHAKE WAS SO GOOOOOOD

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That was pretty much my day! I hope all is well and life is good for you. Til next time! :)


FLP 30 Day Challenge

I’m in the Freshman Leadership Program (FLP) and our RA challenged us to the 30 day FLP challenge. Here is my pictures!

September 3rd: A picture with your roommate

We got free snowcones on campus!

September 4th: At Skutt Shutdown

That time there was a llama outside my dorm building. 

September 5th Your home state: 

We all know I love Nebraska too much to leave. 

#wokeuptothisview

September 6th: A picture from the FLP Kick-Off

LOOK HOW CUTE MY FAMILY IS!

September 8th: A goal for the semester

Gain the freshman 15

September 9th: An Ellen selfie

Polaroid Version

September 11th: What Creighton means to you

Creighton is home. Creighton means living with my best friend. Creighton means being part of FLP. Creighton is being in the place where I belong <3

September 19th: What you miss from home

I miss my family. I miss my dog. 

September 20th: In Iowa and Nebraska at the same time

With Trang and Lewis

September 21st: Game Day 

With Annie and Billy the Bluejay!

September 22nd: Of your room

September 24th: Creighton Squirrel

I found him outside my workstudy. INAMEDHIMCARL.

September 28th: Omaha

The view outside my room at night. 

September 29th: First friend you made on campus

Obviously it was the roomie. 

October 2nd: Best part of Creighton so far!

IT’S BEING A PART OF FLP. 

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August 28th - Welcome Week

If you didn’t know I moved into college last Saturday. Anddddddd...

CREIGHTON IS GREAT!! I LOVE IT HERE.

My roommate is awesome. (S/O to Libby for being the coolest person ever!) 

Everyone is seriously so nice and it’s just a great atmosphere here. I completely understand why people love Creighton so much, it’s amazing here! Everyone on my floor is super cool tooooooo. 

I’m now more outgoing and I’m making friendssssssss! 

RSP group is super cool too, we’re the Adventurous Gerbils! Greatest name ever, I know!

I don’t know what else to say, I just seriously love Creighton. A lot. 

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August 17th - DIY Crafts

Tiffany helped me make a cork board pretty and mason jars tinted! It turned it out well!

End result with pictures!

Hung out with Da! Happiest child ever!!


August 13th - August 15th - Chua Son

MY FAVORITE 3 YEAR OLD EVER. 

We spent the week eating pizza rolls, playing in the park, chilling with Gracie, minecraft iPadness, and touching rain! 

“R Et can I put on your sunglasses and take a picture with you?

Lovely week! Sad that this is the last time I’ll babysit him for awhile. 

August 6th - Plain White T’s and Goo Goo Dolls

When someone asks you to go to a concert, you say yes! Even when you don’t even the bands!

Plain White T’s, Daughtry, and Goo Goo Dolls!

Plain White T’s was amazing!!! Hey There Deliah is PERFECT! 

Daughtry was alright. The main singer squealed a lot.. It was weird. He also said Nebraska like 50 billion times!

Goo Goo Dolls was awesome! The songs they sang was pretty great! 

August 1st - 3rd - Phuc Vu

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Amazing weekend with amazing people! 

My car did die right about when we were going to leave. Thank goodness for Arkansas boys who not only fixed my car but helped cheer me up! 

God is Good!

July 25th - Winnebago Pow-Wow

This weekend is the 148th Annual Homecoming Celebration of the Winnebago Tribe. The celebration commemorates the return of Chief Little Priest. The powwow features traditional music, dancing, and food. The Winnebago’s veteran’s Pow-Wow is the oldest continuous powwow in Indian country today. Source: from the magazine with info from the powwow

A powwow means dancing! And there was tons of it! All ages from 6 to 59, there was people dancing with feathers and beads! It was colorful! They danced to the traditional drum beat with singing. Those guys can hit some really high notes! 

This post is gonna be short, because words can not express how much culture I saw today. Enjoy the pictures!

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Also, FRY BREAD IS THE GREATEST THING EVER! Such good food there! 

July 14th - Paul McCartney

GREATEST NIGHT EVER!

Brian is awesome and got Paul McCartney tickets for my birthday. 

If you know me, then you know how much I loveeeeee the Beatles! This post is going to be really random about the night, because it’s 1:30am and I’m still hyped from the show. 

Seeing Paul live was amazinggggggg. He’s British and a singer. What else is there? Nothing!

Also, got a shirt with the British flag and young Paul on it. WIN.

It’s sad to think that I could never see a Beatles concert. Seeing Paul made it a bit better. He started off the night with 8 days a week and, right then and there, I knew it would be a wonderful night! Paul is 72 years old and still rocking it! He can play bass, guitar, and piano incredibly! There was a great mixture of Beatles songs and Wings songs. 

Here’s the full setlist from tonight: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/paul-mccartney/2014/pinnacle-bank-arena-lincoln-ne-1bc1cda0.html

I only cried when Paul sang “Here Today” for John, wishing he could be ‘here today’. It was beautifully worded. 

I was pretty much excited the entire concert cause I had no idea which songs Paul would sing, Ob-la-di is so gooooood! Gotta be one of my favorite songs! McCartney’s new album NEW, isn’t too bad. I love Queenie Eye! O-U-T spells OUT! haha greatness. Also, ukulele version of “Something” for George Harrision. FEELINGS. 


“Let and Let Die” was a James Band theme song. There was flames. And fireworks. IT WAS INTENSE AND CRAZY AND AMAZING. Who else could have fireworks in the show? Only a legend!

Sir Paul McCartney ‘ended’ the show with Hey Jude, here’s a video:

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Of course the night fully ended with, “and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”. 

Only my favorite quote ever from a Beatles song!

Last Day of Yellowstone 2014

Since it’s been a crazy past few days, I’m gonna put everything that happened on July 4th and 5th in one giant post. 

4th of July was pretty much on giant road trip fro Wyoming to South Dakota. Wyoming is very hilly with plateaus so I slept through some of that.. Also got to see some Australians in an Arby’s in Wyoming. That was interesting. 

Oh and I waited til we were leaving Yellowstone to take a picture with the sign!

We made a stop at Devil’s Tower, crazy how nature is. 

After arriving in South Dakota, Brian and I found a random country club and saw some fireworks there! Sky is literally blown up with fireworks and they are HUGE compare to Nebraskan ones. It’s cause the sky is still bigger in SD. The mountain view of it was great too!

July 5th was exploring some parts of South Dakota. I really wanted to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and it was AMAZING! I’ve only heard about the Memorial, but didn’t know much about it. I just knew that it was unfinished.

The history behind this enormous mountain carving is unreal. The first picture is the mountain at the moment, and the second picture is the 1/34th scale model of what it’s going to look like completely finished. I don’t want to explain the entire history of this fascinating place. One good quote to sum it up is, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes, also.” Henry Standing Bear, 1939.

Check out for more history: http://crazyhorsememorial.org/frequently-asked-questions/

I did finally get the dreamcatcher necklace I always wanted, always nice to make a donation to the Crazy Horse Memorial. I hope to see the carving complete in my lifetime, if not I’ll still be able to see the progess at least. 

Brian and I had lunch at the Laughing Waters Resturant, oh my. Delicious! 

Brian had the Tatnka Stew:

And I had the Native American Taco (it’s like a taco salad but on fry bread) SO GOOD

We are definitely coming up to see Crazy Horse and eat at the restaurant in the future!!

Next up, my favorite place in South Dakota! Custer State Park!!

Saw a baby deer, aka fawn:

We came prepared this year and brought carrots for the donkeys!!!!

I love driving around in nature. It’s calming and relaxing.

After that began the long drive back to Nebraska! Quite a view. 

It’s scary when you’re driving through Nebraska on a foggy night and the person sitting next to you starts talking about Children of the Corn. NOT APPRECIATED. 

But we made it home safe! That concluded the Yellowstone trip of 2014. I’m sad that it’s over but it was so nice to be back home! I missed Gracie! 

Until my next adventure, pura vida!

Yellowstone 2014 Day 8 - 4th of July

I’m gonna keep it short today. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!

Sky’s still bigger here, so bigger fireworks. 


I miss Montana.

Yellowstone 2014 Day 7 - East Yellowstone

Beautiful day in Yellowstone today! It was sunny with a slight chance of rain. 

Started off with the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone! 

Uncle Tom’s Trail was soooo cool! Got a great view of the waterfall from the bottom of the trail. But it was 328 steps down, and like 2000 steps up. Okay, maybe the same 328 steps, but it was a painnnn because going uphill and thin mountain air hurts. Also my face after the hike. 

Yellowstone Lake is beautifulllll. Mountains and a lake? I’m so moving here. 

Thanks Brian for taking a wrong turn to Norris Geyer and having us do a “short” walk around the geysers. I mean, “0.6 miles isn’t too bad, let’s take this dirt path”, but it was the wrong turn and we walked way more than needed. What great sense of direction you have! That wasn’t appricated after the crazy workout of Grand Canyon. But I do admit the springs and geyers are neat there. 

Today’s animals were mainly elk, bison, and ravens. Super disappointed we didn’t see a moose. 

The best part of the day was seeing cutthroat trout attempting to jump over the rapids. These fish are huge, they are about a foot long and strong! There was a crowd of them near the edge of the river and they were trying to jump over the rapid to get upstream to spawn. You always see the videos of fish jumping upstream but seeing it in real life is amazing. These fish are crazy strong to be jumping rapids which I wouldn’t even think about being in. The rapids of Yellowstone are intense!

Tonight is going to be the last night in this amazing state of Montanna, which means no more Huckleberry Ice cream. I had to take a picture of this perfectly made ice cream and my American flag scarf, it’ll be the 4th tomorrow! 

Look at that perfection. 

On another note, I spent quite a bit of time with my head out the window while we were driving through Yellowstone. It was peaceful, seeing the trees and having the wind in my hair. Mountain air is so fresh! Life’s short, enjoy the little moments! You never know if a supervolcano is going to erupt, or a geyer you’re next to is going to explode, or a bear is going to come out of no where and maul you, things happen, deal with it and move on. ENJOY IT. 

And find your sense of adventure! :)

Yellowstone 2014 Day 6 - North Yellowstone

Pretty just drove around North Yellowstone today. 

Started off with Gibbon Falls, pretty neat waterfall. I could totally rafted down it and lived (maybe a little broken from the rocks, but I would totally live).

Lunch at Mammoth Springs, it was a delicious burger that was healthy for you too! ANDDDDDDD HUCKLEBERRY ICECREAM! That stuff is magical. 

You know what else is magical? Cotton flying in the air. It looks kind of like snow! But it’s warm outside! The cotton pieces are gracefully floating in the air! 

Next up, Roosevelt Arch!! I was soooo excited to see this!!! It says “For the benefit and enjoyment of the People”. It’s soooo amazing that see it in person!

After the arch, we drove by a river nearby. So I jumped it. It was cold but it was refreshing!

Next up, a petrified tree that’s caged. No other words need. 

Tower Fall! I would not make that jump though. At least I know my boundries. 

You wanna know about all the animals we saw today, right? Welllll here it is!

Huge buck elk on the side of the road:

(Not so big) Big Horn Sheep on the side of the mountain:

Mule Deer:

Bison (they are NOT buffalo, do not call them buffalo):

Last but not least, BLACK BEAR.

He was seriously just chilling on the side of the road, minding his own business. There was at least 20 cars looking at him. What a cutie. I know, Brian; I should be bear aware. I am fully aware he can eat me. But still cute. Black bears are cool. 

I’ll see you BEARY soon with my next adventure in Yellowstone. 

Yellowstone 2014 Day 5 - Zip lining and White Water Rafting

                                    It’s official. I’m really not afraid of anything.

Started off the day zip lining! Patrick and Joey were our guides this part of the day! We had a small group of 6 people, but it was so fun!

This course of zip lining was 6 lines with various bridges held by steel cable. It looks scary, but once you’re in the air it’s amazing! There’s nothing like going 40 miles per hour 50 feet in the air!

I even did a trust fall down a zip, where I turn my back to the line and just fall. That rush of ‘what’s going to happen’ is scary, but there isn’t anything like it! For some of the lines, it’s possible to pull yourself to the tree (trees/poles hold the cables up so high in the air) and push off with your head away from where you’re gong in order to get speed down the cable. It was trust fall to the extreme. AND IT WAS AWESOME. 

There’s seriously nothing like the view of being 60 feet in the air and looking at Sheep Rock. It’s like flying! Nothing to be afraid of up here!

Patrick is seriously the greatest guide ever (there’s a picture of him on the left hanging upside down on the zip). Once you reach the end of the zip, you must stop somehow. Patrick literally catches us at the end. He also told ‘corny’ jokes and just made the experience great. He even did a fake ‘oh no I didn’t catch you, so you’re gonna have to go backwards on this zip’; he did it so I could get a better view of the river. Then he had to pulled himself towads the middle of the calbe and pull me back to the platform. What a great guy. 

After the 2 hours of amazing zip lining, we had to get lunch before the white-water rafting. There was this little restaurant on Motanna Whitewaters that sold bison burgers. So of course, Brian had me try one. It was pretty good! Tasted sorta like beef but with different texture ish. 

Where do I even begin with White Water Rafting? We were on the lower basin of Gallatin River, which means there was 3 and 4+ class rapids. Maybe because Brian and I have experience with rafting (he has more experience than me) but we felt the rafting part was kinda boring. Sorry, I just don’t think class 3 rapids are crazy. I mean I still got wet and kicked out in the raft but it wasn’t ‘I’M GONNA FALL THIS IS SO GREAT THIS RIVER IS SO STRONG AND AWESOME’. Oh well. 

No one fell out of the raft and we did some gnarly surfing on the waves. But it was weak. I really don’t fear anything. Oops. But to the 2 people behind me who thought that this was the greatest first rafting trip ever, props to you for doing decent job paddling today. 

The view was worth it though. The mountains and the wildlife around the river is amazing. We even saw a BALD EAGLE fly from one side of the river to the other. Nothing more American than that! I totally recommend rafting down the Gallatin if you want to see a gorgeous river in Montana. 


All the pictures turned out well though. I have no idea what’s the plan for tomorrow, probably more exploring Yellowstone and hopefully seeing some bears/wolves/mooses! Until then!

Yellowstone 2014 Day 4 - Jackson, WY and South Yellowstone


Howdy there! It has been a long crazy day! 

Before I start talking about what I did today, I wanted to talk about seeing the Wyoming night sky last night! Drove out to a dark area to get a better view if sky without the city lights being distracted. Even though it was 10:30 at night there was still some light over the hills and you can see the silhouette of the hills with a light blue over them. It was beautiful. There was so many stars out and the sky was just filled with them. It’s nice to get away from the city lights for awhile!

I sadly do not know how to take a picture of the night sky, this is what turned out when I tried:

I got a little impatient with the shutter. But this picture looks pretty cool!

Moving on to today, it began with a drive to Jackson and it is just the cutest town ever! The little shops gave the town such a cozy feeling and it just a lovely atmosphere to be in! I got a lot of gifts for my friends and family there. 

There was a little cafe with ice cream sort of hidden in the shop area. They had huckleberry ice cream, and of course I tried it. IT WAS SO GOOD. I’m now obsessed with huckleberries!!! (Props to anyone who gets the “I’m your huckleberry” line)

Jackson was more of a tourist place but I still loved it. There was so much to see and so many people there! I meet a guy who’s family went to Creighton and a lady who spoke Hungarian. Where in the world can you find people that like? Jackson, Wyoming that’s where. Maybe I’ll end up moving in the future, who knows?

Next stop, YELLOWSTONE!!! But while on the way, Brian and I stopped at Jenny lake and saw some beautiful mountains with the clearest lake ever! 

Then it was time to see OLD FAITHFUL. Geysers are amazing. You have to see them to see how cool they are! 

Brian and I then hiked around the area and saw so many springs and geysers! Here’s a few pictures of them! We hiked about 6 miles to see some of them, so enjoy!

When you’re out here in the middle of nature, you’re bound to find some wildlife! We saw a baby grizzly bear (didn’t get a picture because it was quick), a herd of pronghorns, abunch of birds, ground squirrels, a mouse, some bison, a coyote, and a big grizzly bear (also no picture because of cars were blocking the way).

That was most of the day!! Tomorrow will be ziplining and water rafting! I’ll update you then! 


Yellowstone 2014 Day 3 - Open Road in Wyoming

Hey, there! Today was uneventful yet magical. Driving 5 hours through Wyoming sounds pretty boring, but the view is great! 

The sky is literally bigger here. The open land shows off the mountains and the hills! To me, seeing such a wonderful view just shows how beautiful the Earth is and how much there is still out there for me to see. Also, since I'm so use to the flatness of Nebraska, hills are cool. But I do like the hills of Wyoming more than the hills of Colorado. Here, there are mountains and mini farms to see. I SAW A LLAMA. YOU CAN’T SEE THAT IN COLORADO! I’ve never seen a llama before and seeing one just walking in a farm area was neat! 

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For dinner we had pizza (pepporoni of course) at a local resturant and it was pretty good! Even the view out of the window was great. Anddddd the raspsberry cheesecake was to die for! 

I did catch part of the Costa Rica vs. Greece FIFA world cup today, I thought I’d just say 

PURA VIDA COSTA RICA!!!! 

We won’t get to Yellowstone officially til tomorrow, but til then I’ll enjoy this great big sky. Can’t wait to see the stars in this sky tonight!

Yellowstone 2014 Day 2 - Scuba Diving with Sea Turtles (and Sharks)

Beautiful day in Colorado today! It was a perfect day to go to the aquarium! We had lunch in the Aquarium Resturant and it was delicious! I had Bayou Shrimp Pasta and it was soooo good! But then again, I love all pasta!

Next, it was time to go diving! The Downtown Denver Aquarium has this great diving with sharks program! Brian and I met a guy named Rafal who was our guide for this dive trip! Rafal is seriously the coolest guy ever. He made jokes and just made the whole dive fun! He promised me that he didn’t know what he was doing and that I would for sure see a sea turtle! He actually does this for a living so he knows what he’s doing, no worries. 

After getting all geared up, we dived down and waved at the people looking into the shark aquarium. They enjoyed waving at divers in the same water as 20+ sharks. 

There are Sand Tiger Sharks, Sandbar Sharks, Saw Nosed Sharks, and Bamboo Sharks in the water! They are all unique in their own way. They also don’t bite unless you give them finger foods, aka your fingers (I didn’t make the joke Rafal did, gotta give him the credit). 

I’m not personally afraid of sharks, I just don’t think they are that scary. It was awestruck to see these shark swim around in the water and to see their faces up close and personal! After spending some time seeing the sharks and collecting shark teeth from the bottom of the aquarium, a sea turtle swims right into Rafal’s head. This turtle spend the next 15-20 minutes swimming up to us and checking us out. This turtle would just keep swimming up and looking at us even though Rafal was trying to keep the turtle at a distance. 

Later, Rafal said that since my googles are yellow, the turtle may have thought there was lettuce on my face. But I enjoyed having a sea turtle come up and play! There was a point where I was looking at the sharks and turtle just runs into my legs. He really likes me! I love sea turtles too much. I even bought a stuffed seaturtle, so I can remember my adventures here. I named the turtle Crush, because like the turtle in the aquarium, he outgoing and totally gnarly. 

Now we are off to Yellowstone! There’s a picture of me already sleep with Crush on the way there. Look at these pretty open roads! I shall update you guys tomorrow at Jackson Hole!


Yellowstone 2014 Day 1 - On the way to Denver

Today embarks the beginning of my Yellowstone trip!! We (Brian and I) left great Nebraska to our first stop in Colorado!

I got to drive for a few hours on the interstate and it was pretty cool! The difference between Nebraska and Colorado is intense. I’m so used to the flatness and the corn/soybean fields of NE, where the hills and grass of CO is different! But I’m enjoying my visit!

It did start raining pretty hard so the driving adventure ended with Brian driving us into the thick rain and Colorado traffic. 

Dinner at Hardrock Cafe was amazing!!! I have never been to a Hard Rock Cafe before and it was everything I imagined and even better! There atmosphere of the rock music and the items that surround the resturant is so neat! Also the Legendary Burger is AMAZING. 

Got a Cookiesaurus bar. It’s Ayet approved. And it might be because of the packaging is on point. And the chocolate inside, mmmmmmm!

I’ll be somewhat documenting this wonderful trip so there will be more to come!


"Ayet, why would you get a kayak? You live in Nebraska. Where are you going to go with it?”

“WHATEVER I WANT"

I knew since Christmas that I was going to get myself a kayak in 2015. 

Well last Friday before I can back home  for spring break, I got my kayak.

I named him Kevin. He’s a beauty. 

This spring break has be unbelievably nice in Nebraska. It’s been like 60 degrees and sunny everyday!

Today, we took Kevin out to play!

It was such a gorgeous day with the calmness of the great blue sky, the chirping seagulls, and the rocking waves made for a perfect day for kayaking.

There’s nothing like sitting in the middle of a lake with the sun shining. It’s so calm and relaxing. 

I love being outside and just enjoying the beauty of nature. 

It’s hard to explain what it’s like to be in a kayak in a lake in Nebraska in 70 degree weather. But I shall try, the water is shivering cold but the atmosphere of the lake is warm. There were kids playing and dogs running around with geese and ducks hanging out. I don’t think I could ever express what it’s like sitting in the kayak with the waves crashing against, there’s just a sense of peace. 

Paddling against the wind sucks at times, but once you figure out a good stride then it goes by easily. And hey, playing Beatles music while paddling is so much fun!

I highly recommend everyone to get a kayak. It’s worth it!

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Yesterday I posted a picture of Montana because I was missing Yellowstone and just traveling in general. 

It got me thinking to all the places I want to go to in the future. So, here is a list of places I want to travel to in my lifetime:

All photos are from National Geographic.

Africa

Most people are surprised when I say that Africa is the place I want to go to the most. The culture and the people are just fascinating to me. I do admit that a big reason why I want to go there is to see the animals and the wildlife. I mean there is savannah, mountains, and dessert, where else can you see all of that?

Iceland

Northern Lights and Volcanoes. Like holy cow, how can one place be so amazing?

Venice, Italy

Italy itself would be magical with pasta and ice cream. Mix that in the gorgeous canal filled with lively music and people. Perfect.

Amazonia

Uh rainforest? Yes please!

Galapagos Islands 

This place is heaven for scuba divers! Also SO MANY ANIMALS. 

Machu Picchu

I wanna hike it. 

Yosemite

One day I will do a whole California trip starting with Red Woods to Yosemite and ending with Joshua Tree National Park. Obviously taking California’s Pacific Coast Highway.

Antarctica

PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS. 


These are just my top places. 

I’m not including some places like Alaska or Amsterdam, just because this list would be endless! 


I will eventually hit all of these places. I will definitely write blog posts about these trips when I get to them!

Until then, Pura Vida!

Ayet 

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Because I love getting my picture taken. 

Embrace the inner child. 

Are we out of the woods yet?

I really never change.


Here are the pictures I took of Tiffany!


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My roommate made a blog post recapping her year. I’m pretty much copying her. Check out her blog: 

http://elizabethsarahxo.blogspot.com/2014/12/a-year-in-review-2014-december-31st-2014.html?m=1


Dear 2014,

You’ve been great. Here’s a summary of what has happened!

In January, it finally hit me that I was graduating when I saw one of my senior pictures framed.

February swung around and I went to a Buddy Holly tribute concert. I fell in love in 50s music. 

With March I had Jambalaya for the first time in honor of Mardi Gras. 

Then I received my acceptance letter to Creighton’s Freshman Leadership Program. That made my week. 

I also got qualified for HOSA’s Nationals. 

I went to Wichita with Annie and Trang. We went to our favorite cafe and got gelato. And of course saw our favorite Kansans. 

April came around and I FINALLY SAW CAPTAIN AMERICA 2. I  discovered my favorite Italian resturant that day tpp. Vincenzo’s. 

May was filled with excitement.

I said goodbye to some amazing 4th graders. 

Prom with Josh. 

Then before I knew it, I graduated high school!

June came up and I turned 18!

Then I spend a week on the road with Brian. BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE. 

I started my blog that week, check out my adventure here starting with Day 1: http://cableusa.net/blog/june-27th---yellowstone.html

But here are some of my favorite pictures of the trip. 

I was told that I was fearless that trip. I hope to continue being fearless. 

Then my huckleberry obsession started. 

I spent the 4th of July in South Dakota. And yeah, it was beautiful.

Finally back in the my favorite state, NEBRASKA. 

I saw Paul McCartney in concert then that night Brian and I stuck this on my mom’s car. 

She didn’t find it till like a month later.

I went to my first Pow Wow. It was beautiful.

http://cableusa.net/blog/july-25th---winnebago-pow.html

August means 2 things: Phuc Vu and school. I was so excited for both!

Phuc Vu. Sweet Sixteen. 

LINK TO THE LIP SYNC VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CQEvwCC2tU

You’re welcome Duc. You’re in my blog now. 

Then I moved to college. Creighton is amazing. 

Dorm life wasn’t bad at all. 

I gained a family.

And a beautiful roommate. 

September meant I was living with people that make me happy (even though we never smile).

My sister went to homecoming and I took pictures. 

October was crazy. 

I got to see Matt and Kim live!

Libby and Jose. What baes. 

Awesome floor mates. 

November came by and I’m loving Omaha.

THAT DAY I SNUCK MY DOG INTO MY DORM ROOM.

December was beautiful. Mainly because Christmas was coming and I’m obsess.

I went home for Christmas for winter break. 

My best friend is awesome. 

It was an amazing year with special thanks to amazing friends and family!

See you in 2015!

Ayet Nguyen

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I went ice skating with my favorite people. 

Picture with Libby! We totally rocked the crowns :)

Boys picture that I photobombed

Next year roomies :)

The whole group!

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December 12th - Bingo Night. There was lots of prizes. 

AND I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I won the Comfort package which means I got a giant teddy bear. 

I named him Bingo. 

I also got a thermal blanket and a microfiber pillow. 

Squad at 2am hanging out. I don’t know what I’d do without these guys. <3


December 14th - CREIGHTON BASKETBALL. LOVE. We lost at the end but it was still so much fun to go to!

Ice skating with the FLP Family!!! It was my first time ice skating and I had so much fun! It was a little shakey at the beginning but I fear nothing. It was nice to see family and friends just hang out for the holidays. The Christmas music and the lights made the whole place look magical! A total recommendation!

There was fireworks in Omaha last night! 

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We kidnapped Alex and took him to the zoo! Abby happened to be busy at the time but we caught up with her later. 

A scary phone call of “Hey can you meet me at Java Jay, I really need to talk to you. I’m freaked out right now. Come fast” made both Alex and Abby come running to us. It was really mean but we wanted to do something that they’ll remember forever. 

We got to see a lion training! It was really cool to see this lion gives high fives!

I love sea turtles. 

Bats!!!!

I named him T.J. 

Here’s a picture of the family a few days later at the FLP Christmas Party!

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It’s my favorite time of the year!!!!!!!!!

My dorm room is now a winter wonderland. 

Christmas pictures with my favorite people. 

Family picture with Santa. (and a random girl on the right that we don’t know who joined in our picture without asking)

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Today Creighton’s Freshman Leadership Program hosted their annual Thanksgiving Dinner benefitting Precious Memories Daycare.

Precious Memories Daycare is a non-profit organization, whose goal is to provide childcare to families who would otherwise not be able to afford it or are turned away by other daycares. They proved everyday necessities to families who are unable to provide food or warm clothes for their children. 

Dinner was delicious! Turkey and pumpkin pie. Yummmmmmm.

                                                                                                                  My favorite people. 

FLP FAMILY <3

After dinner, some of us from FLP had a snowball fight! It was so much fun! The snow was fluffy and just beautiful in the night. I love these people so much. They are amazing, supportive, hilarious, and just great people. 

Jeffery had a blast in the snow! It was his first time playing in it and he plays like a pro in the snowball fight!

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Drove 5 hours to Cedar Falls with Trang and Annie. 

Pre-Concert Selfie!

FRONT ROW TO THE CONCERT!

Q & A with Tenth Avenue North!


Phil Wickham was amazing. He has a voice of Elvis mixed with angel. When he sang Heaven's song. UGHHH SO BEAUTIFUL.

Tenth Avenue North is amazing we every time them. They have such a strong message. They started with the beginning of their journey as a band to where they are now. 

Sorry I don’t have more pictures/videos, I was wayyy into the concert to have my phone out. 

Moments to forever remember: 

Mike rapping Fresh Prince of Belair

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate?"

LOSING and JUST GETTING BY are my favorite songs ever and they did awesome twists to the song live! 


“First we want you to know the love of God is over you and underneath you. At the heights of your purity, He went higher. At the depths of your depravity, He went lower. He brings down the proud and lifts up the broken. His love is here. He is by your side. He holds your heart through thick and thin, joy and pain, gain and loss. There is nowhere you can go where He is not. May that get in you. May the light meet the dark. May you realize you are more than your mistakes. He is strong enough to save you, and you don’t have to save yourself. Which means, among other things, you can take your masks off and let the light in. This is where the healing begins. There is healing from trying to prove yourself, freedom from trying to be your own savior, and freedom to admit your struggles. After all, we are free to struggle, but we’re not struggling to be free. And if you get that, then you can begin to be honest. You can admit you feel like losing. You can open up when you feel worn. And best of all, as Philippines 1:30 reminds, we can struggle together. 

Together.

Made in the image of the trinity, we are made for community. We are made to bear each other’s burdens. We are made to reflect the joy and otherness of the divine relationship. We weren’t meant to live this life alone. “No man is an island,” John Donne famouly mused, and so that is our hope. We pray this collection of songs would lead us off our islands of isolation and help us sail by the stars of God’s promises to the shores of communion. Together, we will taste and see God for who He is, and as we do so, we will become his cathedrals to the earth. We will become the dwelling place of His spirit and a sanctuary for sinners. 

In other words, wherever you go, if you are in Christ, you bring Him with you. There is no such thing as a secular place, because wherever you are, you have the sacred inside. All the earth is holy ground. May you feel the weight of His glory with every step you take, for we are His cathedrals.”

-Mike Donehey


So excited for their new album to come out!

We got back at 3am. We had some serious jamming on the way back.

                                            

                                                TENTH AVENUE NORTH RETWEETED AT ME!!!!!

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© Ayet Nguyen 2016